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6 Workouts that Don’t Feel Like Workouts by Paige Johnson

Hello dears,

Our friend Paige, from  Learnfit.org is visiting us again. This time she had found some interesting and unusual ways of exercising.

If you dread going to the gym, getting in those miles, or hitting the saddle for the spin class, today is the day to stop dreading workouts! Here are some unique ways to burn calories without focusing on each passing minute.

It’s true that not all exercises are created equally. For instance, some burn more calories than others, but that shouldn’t be the totality of how you choose workouts. What about having fun? Working on agility, speed, quickness, or balance and not solely on muscle hypertrophy or burning fat?

Really sticking to a healthy lifestyle means finding selections you enjoy. Here are a few to check out if you want to have a blast while optimizing your health:

  1. Skip and jump rope. It really can be that easy. Jumping rope is surprisingly very difficult for most adults upon revisiting the activity for the first time since childhood. However, it’s also a massive calorie burner and there’s a reason it’s a staple in boxing training. It combines cardio with balance, endurance, strength, and agility. It’s very demanding, so alternate it with simply skipping instead of running. Take a cue from the kids on the playground!
  2. Pole dancing. It doesn’t matter if you identify as female or male—really! Pole dancing has gained popularity over the years as a workout, but still many people haven’t tried it for a number of silly reasons. Some don’t think they can be “sexy” (not true), others are scared of the logistics of pole climbing, and some don’t think they’ll fit in. Pole dancing requires amazing strength and balance in ways you’ve never encountered before. Plus, many studios offer non-pole options like burlesque classes. All ages, genders, and abilities are welcome.
  3. Learn to drive a racecar. Racecar driving is definitely a sport, albeit a costly one. However, if your budget is generous or if you’ve souped up your own muscle car, learning how to drive like a pro can also come with a side benefit of a great workout. It takes an immense amount of strength to handle such a machine like an expert, as well as training. It might not be an ongoing workout for everyone, but if it’s on your bucket list you can certainly count your sessions as part of your recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week.
  4. Walk a dog. Owning a dog that requires daily walks can be a powerful motivator to get in multiple walks each day. In fact, almost half of dog walkers got an average of 30 minutes of daily exercise at least five days a week, but only a third of those without a dog got that much exercise on a consistent basis. Don’t have a dog or care to get one? Thanks to services like com, you can become a dog walker and get paid to burn calories on the regular.
  5. Hit the slip ‘n’ slide. Summer’s almost here, and that means finding creative ways to cool off. Staples of yesteryear, like running through the sprinklers and gliding down a slip ‘n’ slide double as fun, cool ways to sneak in a workout. If you’re around kids, lead the way and introduce them to the go-to entertainment options before screens were the most popular pick.
  6. Facial yoga. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like, but it’s not found in most traditional yoga studios. Fortunately, there are many online videos available, most of which are free. Yoga is about balance, flexibility, and stress release. We hold a lot of tension in our faces. Right now, your tongue is probably pressed against the roof of your mouth! Face yoga helps work very under-worked muscles, and some swear that it can help tighten muscles/skin for a more youthful and relaxed appearance.

Make your workouts fun again and sample everything that’s out there. You might be missing out on your favorite exercise.

Foam Roller: Calves Relief

You´ll hear/read foam roller is a self-myofascial technique. Ok, self-myofascial release is the term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. By applying pressure to specific points muscles return to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic and ready to perform.

Some of the basic, most obvious benefits are better movement and increased range of motion. These benefits can decrease the chance of injury and decrease recovery time after a workout.

We should start foam rolling our calves. From the shoes we wear to the way we sit in a chair, our calves are suffering most of the time.

I would like to introduce a new style of videos, please click play and be amazed how the letters fall from the sky, haha! No, seriously, I would appreciate your feedback.

Read the main instructions on how to foam rolling, here.

Flat hunting!

I just booked a place to stay in Braga from Mon 25 Apr 2016 till Thu 28 Apr 2016 with Booking.com! I’ll be staying at Grande Hotel.
And here’s the link to take a look at where I’m staying: http://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/grande-bom-jesus.html?aid=349407&checkin=2016-04-25;checkout=2016-04-28;group_adults=2
Wish me well 😉

Activity trackers

Good morning!

I´ve found my activity tracker! If being offline had something positive, this was it 🙂

I know you all use Fitbit or Apple. I use Withings 🙂 I bought it on 1 September 2014 and it still works. My phone did not last that long :/

Like I´ve said I forgot/lost my activity tracker for quite some time. Yesterday, I relinked it to my new phone, downloaded the app, and even found my 2015 review, with badges and all the stuff 🙂

I think it will be a good mate, looking for a new flat means a lot of walking 🙂

HealthMate

Let me ask, do you walk the infamous 10000 a day?

From the USA to the UK

Hello, dears 🙂

My good friend Cameron, aka The world´s biggest fridge magnet, had some questions for me. Currently, Cameron is training for a charity walk… 170 miles! Do you suffer a lack of motivation? Follow this guy!

What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?

If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?

The answers to these and other funny questions at The Magnet Interviews 🙂

Obrigado, Guimaraes!

Good morning and happy Monday, dears 🙂

I promised some more pics, and I guess this is the best way to start the week. Take a rest under the tree, because the palace is huge.

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Taking photos with no flash is allowed inside 🙂

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The waiting room.

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The office.

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The dining room.

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A composition to show furniture from all over the world.

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The bedroom 🙂

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A chapel.

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Also, look at these ceilings.

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Let´s walk to the city center…

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Do you like cappuccino?

Last, but not least, Vila Flor Culture Centre and its gardens. Yes, there are gardens and parks everywhere 🙂

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